Ever wonder whether there were any good open access journals in your field? The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), launched in 2003, now lists over 8,000 peer reviewed journals. Simply put, open access (OA) journals are freely available to all readers on the Internet and do not have subscription charges. Many studies show that OA articles are downloaded and cited more than equivalent articles locked behind subscription walls.
Using DOAJ, journal titles can be searched using keywords and browsed by subject areas. They just announced two important milestones:
1) More than 1 million articles are now searchable in DOAJ. They expect this figure to increase significantly in the months to come.
2) More than 50% of the journals are providing metadata at article level.
In February, the White House issued a new directive that open access will be mandated for most federally funded research within the next year. Visit our Scholarly Communications web site for more information.